WOW! What a night. The Circus Tavern in Purfleet holds well over a thousand people and on the evening of the 9th November it was bursting at the seams with likely looking geezers and gorgeous women. They were all there to meet Dave and watch the Essex Premiere of his film Hell To Pay.
I arrived at five with Donna and Ria and immediately got roped into setting up the equipment to show the film. Oh, I did have fun trying to work out why the fucking machine was only showing things back-to-front. I got there in the end but, knowing that over a thousand people were going to be sitting there with baited breath when the film was announced, I kept going back to it just to check that it was still working properly.
Dave arrived shortly after and the guests started to congregate. Almost the first to arrive were my very good friends, The Outlaws MC (East London), accompanied by some guests from the Florida branch and followed by the Essex Chapter. A film crew were there to start shooting Dave's next film "Get Courtney" and I believe Sky and some other TV crews were there to capture some of the atmosphere.
Mark Fish (right)
with Tony Lambrianou (centre) and Telboy (left).
Bev Cocks, Dave and Dean Cocks
There were more celebs there than I could wave a stick at, but top of MY list had to be Falklands war veteran Simon Weston. What a nice, unassuming man he is and Dave gave him big respect when he was doing his Audience With later on in the evening. Joey Pyle Jnr, Tony Lambrianou, and Bobby George were there to name but a few. There's talk of Dave and Bobby starring in a film together - more on that when I have the details. Then there were the superstars from the porn world: Bev and Dean Cocks, , Magda Pollak, Filthy Shaz, Autumn and Phil McCavity . But back to now. I was having a chat with Caesar the Geezah, who said he'd heard about my heart attack and that he'd had a stroke at about the same time. We compared hospital notes, but he had spent a lot more time in than I had (about a month he said). I'm pleased to report that he appears to be the embodiment of health again, and somewhat slimmer looking.
(thanks for the photos Dean Cocks)
Well, the evening kicked off with Adrian Doughty, of the Oddballs, introducing proceedings and then went into the film. I pressed "Play". The film started. PHEW! It's a very funny film in a lot of places and the audience periodically laughed their collective socks off - in all the right places I'm pleased to say. At the end it received a cheering, standing ovation, so the audience must have thought it was good. Everyone I spoke to afterwards (and I spoke to a lorra lorra people) said it was a winner and asked when could they buy a copy on DVD?
After the film Dave came on wearing a stunning new white suit to deliver another one of his superb Audiences With and conducted a very successful auction which raised a considerable amount of money for his favourite charity, Misunderstood.
Unfortunately, it now seems that not all the money was handed in for items bought, although the items were claimed and taken away. So, if you were one of the people who bought items from Dave at the auction but didn't cough up then please email me at email@example.com
Then Dave invited all his friends to take the stage with him so he could say thank you to them all. Well, as more and more people got onto the stage I could feel it rocking. In the end there must have been a couple of hundred of us up there. Quite a few people were taking photos and, if you're one of those people, I'd love to put some of the pics up on the site. So please email me your photos at firstname.lastname@example.org
and some of his friends on stage.
After the show Dave spent the rest of the night circulating, chatting with his friends and fans. There was only one fly in the ointment: Gaffer. Gaffer arrived outside the venue (he didn't come in. I wonder why?) and unfurled a large banner which was less than complimentary to Dave. Well, Dave went across to Gaffer and caught him a very nice one. At this point Gaffer seemed to lose it but could do no more than scream obscenities at Dave as Dave calmly walked back to the Tavern. The Outlaws went over and had a quiet word in Gaffer's shell-like and he left, so I can only assume that they must have asked him very politely to vacate the area :-)
I spent a large part of the night entertaining Dave's Mum. Well, she entertained me actually with stories of Dave when he were a lad. One very funny lady and I could tell you some of the stories, but then I'd have to kill yuh. Well, maybe one day ....
After the show a large body of people went off to the Outlaws Clubhouse, including Dave's Mum and in the wee hours of the morning about a hundred ended up at Dave's house for a "small" celebration.
COME BACK SOON, AS I WILL ADD SOME PHOTOS OF THE NIGHT AS SOON AS I HAVE THEM.
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